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The Oracle Report | Saturday, May 10 – Sunday, May 11, 2014



Saturday, May 10 – Sunday, May 11, 2014

Taurus 2014 Overview May 5, 2014

Gibbous Moon Phase: trust

Moon in Virgo/Libra

Ruling Mahavidya: Bhuvaneshvari and Tara

Skill: choose wisely, move in and out of situations smoothly

Negative Imprint: control, criticism, burdens

Positive Imprint: reinterpretation, reformation

Strong astrological aspects are on tap this weekend. Around 2:30 pm ET/ 6:30 pm UT on Saturday, the Sun will oppose Saturn. This energy will build all day and be strongly in effect through the evening. With this, we are asked to go back and look at something in more detail. Did we miss something or not place enough importance on it? Are we glossing over important details or elements? Saturn tends to make us feel bad about ourselves and pick out all the things that we feel aren’t up to par. People often project these feelings, pointing out what others aren’t doing or what they are doing wrong. If you feel let down (by yourself or others) this energy can take hold of you and start taking you down, spiraling into oblivion. Saturn “rules” time, so don’t fall for the trap that has you racing against the clock or mired in mundane tasks that are not enjoyable. Saturn wants us to follow the rules and it is into control. If you have responsibilities or duties, honor what needs to be done just because it needs to be done and feel rewarded with the completion. (Saturn rarely rewards us, so we have to do that ourselves.)

You may find yourself faced with a significant choice on Saturday. The choice may involve doing what’s expected or following your own sense of integrity and value. Don’t do anything you aren’t comfortable with. It may take courage, but don’t compromise yourself. Stay on the “high road” but don’t take things over the top.

Saturday’s energy also foreshadows the future. Take note of circumstances, messages, synchronicities, and animal sightings (refer to Ted Andrews’ book Animal Speak for full discussion of the meaning of encounters with specific animals). This is excellent energy for reinforcing the visions, wishes, and intentions that you are setting for this year. Gaze ahead and see it come to fruition.

Sunday’s energy starts off with the Moon making conjunction with Mars with Mars and Venus in opposition. This occurs around 7:30 am ET/ 11:30 am UT. This is all about relationships, particularly romantic relationships but really all kinds of relationships – familial, professional, friendly, casual. Trouble may brew, especially if people are feeling abandoned or not seen or heard. There is strong potential for arguments, conflict, and aggression. It is never a good thing to be dominated by the energy. We want to command it, not be commanded by it. So, knowing in advance that there is heightened potential for things to become charged up with emotion, we can detach from the emotion and look at what is really going on. The raven in the picture above reminds us of this. We can step back and watch; we can fly right into the middle of things; we can step back out. The point is to remember that you are in control of yourself.

There is ample assistance available to us no matter what transpires. All we need to do is ask.

Keep in mind that I am giving the times of the exact astrological aspects for these events. Energy moves in waves. It waxes and wanes. All of this energy is in effect this weekend, not just the day of the aspect. It is not rigidly in place at these exact times. It flows. I am listing the times for point of reference. You may experience the Mars-Venus aspect on Saturday and the Sun-Saturn aspect on Sunday. Take it as a whole.

Remember always that nature provides whatever we need – including our sanity. Go outside and take a walk to calm emotions and gain perspective. Keep your eyes and ears open for synchronicity and snap a photograph when you stumble upon something beautiful. Share it with your fellow owls by sending it tooraclereportmail.

We are going to turn this energy on its side and use it to reform, reinterpret, and remake what we want instead of being whipped by it. Take charge.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. And happy Mother’s Day to Mother Nature.


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Truthout Daily Digest Thursday May 8,2014

Cecily McMillan: The Latest Butterfly on the Wheel

Joe Macaré, Truthout: The “butterfly upon a wheel” endures as a metaphor for individuals punished by the criminal justice system for political reasons. Cecily McMillan is the most recent in a long list of examples, from Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond to the NATO3 and Monica Jones.

Read the Article

Elizabeth Warren: A Video History of Her Battle Against Wall Street

Staff, American Family Voices: American Family Voices (AFV) compiled a video to celebrate the publication of Elizabeth Warren’s new book, A Fighting Chance. AFV provides highlights of Warren’s advocacy for the working people of the United States.

Watch the Video

Progressive Activism Seen as Key to Democratic Turnout in Midterm Elections

Sam Knight, Truthout: Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus see activism and organization as key to Democratic turnout in the midterms, but activists are looking for a politics that puts people and principles first.

Read the Article

Washington’s Pivot to Ignorance: Will the State Department Torpedo Its Last Great Program?

Ann Jones, TomDispatch: Given what the State Department’s Fulbright Program achieves and what it contributes to American prestige abroad, the budget cut is a terrible idea, but the scheme behind it is worse.

Read the Article

With Friends Like the IMF and EU, Ukraine Doesn’t Need Enemies

Mark Weisbrot, Al Jazeera America: If they are fortunate enough to avoid war, Ukrainians may be in for an unpleasant economic surprise at the hands of European authorities and the IMF in the form of an austerity prescription.

Read the Article

The Other NRA

Saru Jayaraman, Truthout: The powerful National Restaurant Association does all it can to assure that industry wages are kept so low that many workers rely on public assistance and that paid sick leaves – along with taxes – are avoided, making employees go hungry and customers sick.

Read the Article

Oh What a Tangled Web We Freeze

Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: Censorship can be accomplished in so many ways. There’s the iron-fisted, potboiler/spy-thriller Putin way. Or there’s the smarmy, ice-cold fingers-clenching, wads-of-cash-American way.

Read the Article

When Corporations Get Too Big to Tax

Bob Lord, OtherWords: We may very well see the day when Uncle Sam spends more money pandering to big companies than it receives from taxing them.

Read the Article

Homeless Forced From Market Street

David Krause, Truthout: San Francisco upgraded its power washing of Market Street sidewalks from twice a month to 20 times per month, a rate increasingly hard on the street’s homeless population.

Read the Article

Instead of Exploiting the Newest Generation of Americans, Let’s Invest in Them

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If we could spend several trillion dollars on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, why not use that kind of money to pay off all the student loan debt altogether with a debt Jubilee?

Read the Article

Hazardous Cargo: Shipping Highly Flammable Bakken Crude Oil by Rail

Adam Federman, Earth Island Journal: Oil trains are crisscrossing the US and Canada with volatile cargo, yet many communities are not prepared in case of an accident.

Read the Article

Economic Update: Corporations, Wages and Jail

Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on no growth in the US; China overtakes the US; the costs of the GM bailout; and the defeat of the bill to raise minimum wage while Hawaii raises its minimum wage. Major discussions of Pfizer’s decision to relocate to the UK; how the European Court supports Tobin (financial transactions) tax; and the stunning economics of prisons and jails in the US.

Listen to the Radio Segment


Let’s Stand Our Ground and Stop Giving the Gun Guys a Right to Murder

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Two recent “stand your ground” cases show that the law is more about giving white gun owners the right to set up murders under the guise of protecting themselves than gun rights. The law is also a descendant of slavery and segregation, when minorities could be murdered with impunity.

Read the BuzzFlash Commentary

New Movement Aims to “Reset the Net” Against Mass Surveillance

Read the Article at Wired

Obama Administration Threatens Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Over Confidential Sources

Read the Article at The Progressive

The GOP’s Benghazi Show Trial

Read the Article at The Washington Post

What Is Boko Haram, and Why Do Its Members Kidnap Schoolgirls?

Read the Article at Mother Jones

Cliven Bundy Standoff: Locals Want Armed Militia Out, Lawmaker Says

Read the Article at The Los Angeles Times

Congress Is Terrible at Science – and This Should Make Us Worried

Read the Article at Slate

California City Aims to Fight Bullying by Criminalizing It

Read the Article at Reuters


The death no one cares about – Philly.com

I’m not sure how I came across this article but after reading it I feel it must be shared-as widely as possible.

This is a disgusting trend in law enforcement of dismissal of and minimizing missing and murdered women and children-when they are not white.

Philadelphia also has a real history of blatant racist treatment of non-white citizens. The recent assault by police on a teenager who required surgery afterwards despite him having committed no crime is the latest episode.

When I was a child the firebombing of the Branch Dravidian compound in Waco had not yet happened but it’s identical urban twin was Philadelphia local police department’s idea if how you deal with minority activists living in townhouses.

I was born not too far from Philly but after that incident I consider it a terrifying place I would never go.

So this lack of interest or concern about this young woman’s very suspicious death is not something we should allow to stay hidden and ignored.

In America everyone is supposed to be equal. Period. Not some pigs are more equal than others ala Orwell’s Animal Farm.


The death no one cares about


Christina Sankey as an adult.

Christina Sankey as a toddler in the '70s.GALLERY: Christina Sankey as a toddler in the ’70s.

IF CHRISTINA SANKEY had been an angel-faced toddler when she went missing, we might know by now how she wound up dead, half-naked and alone, between two parked cars in West Philly on a frigid winter morning.

The city would’ve been galvanized by her death. Government officials would’ve promised to find out how she met her tragic end. Someone would’ve created a sidewalk memorial, and others would’ve led prayer vigils to honor the life that was lost.

But Christina, 37, had the mentality of a 2-year-old, but not the physique. She was a 5-foot-tall, 160-pound severely autistic and intellectually disabled woman. She was well cared for by her family, but ungainly. And she would grunt in ways that are precious in babies but odd in adults.

She was also poor. Her mother, Patricia Sankey, with whom she lived, hasn’t the resources nor clout to make a big deal out of her daughter’s passing.

And that, I fear, is why the death of this terribly vulnerable woman-child has not even registered on the public’s radar. Christina just wasn’t adorable enough or from the right circumstances for her death to warrant the attention it deserves.

Christina was last seen alive on March 6 inside Macy’s, at 13th and Market, while under the care of her state-paid caretaker, Hussanatu “Ayesha” Wulu, 29.

Wulu lost track of her. Christina’s body was discovered the next morning on 57th Street near Master, 5 miles away. She couldn’t have gotten there by bus or train, Sankey says, since she was nonverbal and incapable of using public transit alone. Nor does Sankey believe Christina would’ve walked that far.

So how did Christina get there? And does anyone other than her mother think that’s an important question to ask?

“I have nothing to say to anyone,” Wulu said when I visited her Southwest Philly home. As I drove away from the house, a man who identified himself as Alie Barrie, the home’s owner, cut me off with his van and angrily told me to leave his family alone.

Chetachi Dunkley-Ecton won’t talk, either. She is CEO of Casmir Care Services Inc., which employed Wulu and assigned her to provide Christina with seven hours a day of monitored supervision.

I wanted to ask Dunkley-Ecton why Wulu was shopping in a bustling Center City department store with Christina in the first place. Sankey insists that her daughter – whose favorite activity was rolling a ball – had no capability to learn shopping skills and no reason to be there.

I also wanted to speak with John F. White Jr., president of The Consortium Inc. That’s the agency that coordinated the services Christina received through Casmir Care. If he’d responded to messages I left for him, perhaps he would’ve expressed condolences for Christina’s death.

At least Philadelphia police are willing to acknowledge her demise, which a spokesman says “does not appear suspicious,” even though the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet issued an official cause of death. Off the record, a police source says Christina likely died of hypothermia – she froze to death – a condition that can scramble the brain’s ability to discern body temperature.

“People who die of cold exposure often feel hot and remove their clothes,” the source said, and that’s why he suspects Christina was topless when she was found.

Except, says Patricia Sankey, her daughter hadn’t the ability to remove the pullover top she was wearing the day she disappeared. Sankey would’ve told detectives as much, but no one has spoken with her since she identified Christina at the city morgue.

It doesn’t appear that anyone from the District Attorney’s Office will speak with her, either.

“Unless her death is ruled suspicious, we wouldn’t be involved because a crime wasn’t committed,” D.A. spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson says.

Call me prickly, but allow me to recall the scorching heat of July 24, 2010. On that day, a severely autistic young man named Bryan Nevins baked to death inside the van of his Bucks County caretaker, Stacey Strauss. Court records later showed that Strauss was texting and talking with her boyfriend while Nevins died. Strauss was convicted of and jailed for involuntary manslaughter.

Sankey would like to know what Wulu’s state of mind was the day Christina went missing. That morning, she says, while Wulu was in the Sankey home, the doorbell rang. It was Wulu’s husband, who summoned Wulu outside, where the two had a “loud disagreement.”

“Afterward, she acted very odd,” Sankey says. “She said to Christina, ‘We’re leaving.’ That’s the last I saw of my baby.”

Regardless of the cause of Christina’s death, doesn’t it at least warrant a look-see from the D.A.? Given that Wulu’s only job was to provide monitored supervision to Christina? Especially in public, unsecured places?

The one person in an official capacity who seems to grasp the horror of this mess is Arthur Evans, commissioner of the city’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. (The department makes sure that local agencies like Casmir Care are qualified to provide state-mandated services in Philadelphia.)

“Like all Philadelphians, we were shocked and saddened to learn of Christina’s tragic and untimely passing,” Evans said in a statement Tuesday – issued a full two weeks after I requested comment from his department. “At DBHIDS, that shock and sadness remains today as we wait to receive crucial reports from the Medical Examiner’s Office and other offices to complete our investigation. We will continue to support the commonwealth to provide them with the information they require to decide what next [steps] are appropriate.”

His concern is too little, too late for Christina’s mother.

“No one cares about my daughter. She was poor, she was disabled. She was not going to set the world on fire. But she was myworld,” said Sankey, who lives with her younger daughter, Eliza – also mentally disabled – in Point Breeze. Sankey is by turns fiery and weepy, twisting tissues in her hands as she talks about the daughter she describes as “the most loving child. She would hug you all the time. When she was sick, she would let you know by laying on top of you.”

Christina enjoyed watching old Westerns like “How the West Was Won” and reruns of “Gunsmoke” . . . she loved their old-timey sound tracks. She knew it was lunchtime when the “Judge Mathis” TV show ended. She craved morning coffee and cheese curls. And she was a proud graduate of Furness High School’s special-ed program.

“My hope was that she would learn to print her own name, but she would forget the letters as soon as she wrote them,” Sankey says.

She takes a breath and stares at the red-and-white urn that holds her daughter’s ashes. She says that she talks to the urn every night and apologizes for what happened.

She would talk to Christina’s photos, too, except she gave the best ones to people from Casmir Care when Christina went missing, so they could show them to Macy’s shoppers in hopes of finding her.

On Sankey’s behalf, I drove to Casmir Care, on Parkside Avenue near 49th Street, to retrieve the photos for her. A receptionist referred me, instead, to the agency’s lawyer.

Sankey deserves a more caring response than that. And so does her daughter.